Frequently Asked Questions For Furloughed Workers and Employers.

We’ve got all the answers to questions about furloughing staff or being placed on furlough. 

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The answer is, yes.

You can put your staff on a rotated furlough.

However, you can only do this if your employee has previously been furloughed for three consecutive weeks any time before June 30th.

There is room to be much more flexible about this from July 1st.

You will be able to rota employees from work-to-furlough on a weekly basis.

You can ask your employees to complete training on furlough that may help develop new skills and keep them motivated.

Training will not count as work if its purpose is to improve the employees’ abilities and/or performance.

Absolutely.

It’s really important to keep in touch with your furloughed employees, as long as you are not discussing business with them in any way.

You can do many things to keep in touch with your employee, such as invite them to zoom quiz nights, or emotionally support them through any non-work-related worries they may have.

Click the link here on more tips to keep in touch with furloughed employees.

No.

Your employee must have been furloughed before June 10th.

To enable the introduction of part-time furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees.

(Read more here).

Anyone who has previously been furloughed before June 10th, are eligible to be placed back on furlough if agreed with yourself and your employee.

No.

From July 1st, you will be able to place staff on flexible furlough.

However, even though it’s flexible, you must not let employees do any kind of work during their recorded furlough hours.

Communicate with your employees, and draw attention that any breach of this agreement may jeopardise your grant and may be repayable.

No.

There are certain things you cannot give as training to your employees.

This is anything that could potentially be seen as free labour.

Anything from testing new office equipment for the business or practicing any new customer service techniques.

If you are giving staff training that helps the revenue of your business in any way, you may be jeopardising your grant.

Can I furlough new employees?

No. Your employee must have been furloughed before June 10th. To enable the introduction of part-time furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. (Read more here). Anyone who has previously been furloughed before June 10th, areContinue reading

Can my employees work ad hoc during recorded furlough hours?

No. From July 1st, you will be able to place staff on flexible furlough. However, even though it’s flexible, you must not let employees do any kind of work during their recorded furlough hours. Communicate with your employees, and draw attention that any breach of this agreement may jeopardise your grant and may be repayable.

Can I give my furloughed employees any type of training?

No. There are certain things you cannot give as training to your employees. This is anything that could potentially be seen as free labour. Anything from testing new office equipment for the business or practicing any new customer service techniques. If you are giving staff training that helps the revenueContinue reading

Can I keep in touch with my furloughed employees?

Absolutely. It’s really important to keep in touch with your furloughed employees, as long as you are not discussing business with them in any way. You can do many things to keep in touch with your employee, such as invite them to zoom quiz nights, or emotionally support them through any non-work-related worries they mayContinue reading

Can I ask my employees to complete training courses?

Yes. You can ask your employees to complete training on furlough that may help develop new skills and keep them motivated. Training will not count as work if its purpose is to improve the employees’ abilities and/or performance.

Can I rota my staff who are on furlough?

The answer is, yes. You can put your staff on a rotated furlough. However, you can only do this if your employee has previously been furloughed for three consecutive weeks any time before June 30th. There is room to be much more flexible about this from July 1st. You will be able to rota employeesContinue reading

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